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Scholastic, 2003 - Authorship - 534 pages
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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

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This story has a very interesting premise. - LibraryThing
Disappointing. Great premise, crappy execution. - LibraryThing
She is a very good writer. - LibraryThing
Loved the characters, the was just fantastic. - LibraryThing
This made for a long, drawn out, anti-climactic ending. - LibraryThing
The saving grace is the characterization. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - seaofsorrow - LibraryThing

It was a pretty good book with an over drawn story. The book had some original ideas to add to the world of elves and fantasy. Think Neverending Story mixed in with a little LOTR. I felt that the movie had a better flow story wise and made more sense in terms of the given time-line. Read full review

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User Review  - wendyburrill - LibraryThing

Great story - loved the movie- found the book a little hard going in comparison and faltered half way through book 2 of the trilogy but if had more time on hands would love to try again - want to know where the story goes...! ;) Read full review

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Author Cornelia Maria Funke was born in Dorsten, Germany on December 10, 1958. After graduating from the University of Hamburg, she worked as a social worker for three years. After completing a course in book illustration at the Hamburg State College of Design, she worked as a children's book illustrator and designed board games. Her desire to draw magical worlds and her disappointment over the way some stories were written inspired her to write her own children's books. Her book, The Thief Lord, won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the best translated children's book of the year and the Book Sense Book of the Year Award. She has also received the Book Sense Children's Literature Award for Inkheart and Inkspell. Funke has written numerous books including Dragon Rider, When Santa Fell to Earth, Igraine The Brave, Reckless, Saving Mississippi, Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath, Igraine the Brave, and The Princess Knight. Inkheart was adapted into a film. Cornelia Funke was voted into the Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2005.

Anthea Bell was born in Suffolk, was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, and works as a translator, primarily from German and French. Her translations include works of non-fiction, literary and popular fiction, and books for young people including classic German works by the Brothers Grimm, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Hauff and Christian Morgenstern. She has been the recipient of a number of translation prizes and awards including the 1987 Schlegel-Tieck Award for Hans Berman's The Stone and the Flute, the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation for Christine Nöstlinger's A Dog's Life, the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize for her translation of W.G. Sebald's novel Austerlitz, and the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2009 for How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone.

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